Sergio Parisse apologises over red card

Parisse apologises over red card
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Italy captain Sergio Parisse says sorry to fans after being sent off for allegedly insulting a referee.

Sergio Parisse has apologised to his teammates and fans after getting sent off while playing for Stade Francais yesterday.

The Italy captain was shown a red card for allegedly insulting the referee, and faces a minimum of a six-week ban if found guilty of the offence.

The 29-year-old wrote on Twitter: "Sorry to my teammates and fans for the red card, which I find too harsh! I never insulted [referee Laurent Cardona]."

Parisse would miss the rest of the Six Nations if found guilty at a hearing due to take place in the coming days.

Italy face Wales next Saturday, having started the tournament with a win over France before losing to Scotland last week.

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